Feel renewed with cosmetic acupuncture.

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natural beauty expert       Herald Sun


What is cosmetic acupuncture?

Cosmetic acupuncture is a gentle way of treating internal health imbalances and external skin complaints as one. The ancient Chinese were clever at discerning health issues which were manifesting as disharmony on the face as a part of Chinese face reading; deep lines, discoloration, sagging, acne and dryness. These problems were seen as health-related, and best treated with a combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietary therapy, exercises, and meditation. It was theorised that when the body was back in harmony, health radiated from the face.


The Chinese medicine Doctors at Qi Medicine use these very same ancient techniques to diagnose and treat beauty and health concerns. Our personalised treatments serve to nourish the very core of the body by helping to improve health, balance emotions and promoting healing. 


Why would you choose facial rejuvenation over another skin therapy?

Do you feel that there is a deeper connection between how you look day to day and your emotional state? Do you resent the fact that it seems that fillers and injections are touted as the ‘best’ go-to skin solutions out there? (read my article on facial rejuvenation versus injections here). If this is you then Qi Medicine may have the answer.


Cosmetic acupuncture is founded in holistic medicine. It will always consider your underlying health; gut issues, long-standing stress, hormonal imbalances, lifestyle, and diet. The goal of your treatment is to heal, repair and cleanse tissues from the inside out, treating existing damage with non-invasive, micro acupuncture on the face. 


Facial rejuvenation acupuncture may benefit women who:

  • Are struggling with their skin during menopause or post-menopause
  • Have (or feel they have) a health issue leading to skin problems such as chronic dryness
  • Have chronic, cystic acne or old acne scarring that won’t clear on its own
  • Have PMS, mood swings or gut issues
  • Have skin that misbehaves throughout their cycle
  • Have had children and found their skin never really ‘bounced back’
  • Suffer from chronic stress and feel it is really showing on their face
  • Feel their skin is wrinkling and sagging prematurely
  • Have darkness and puffiness under the eyes that never seems to go away

What results can you expect?

These pictures were taken in the Qi Medicine clinic, by our very own Dr Sheena, of real clients, and have not been changed or altered (aside from the addition of the red circle in each photo).


Whilst all care is taken to show fair, even and realistic outcomes, sessions will not erase all signs of aging and is by no means a ‘miracle’ cure. In the best cases, treatment may help you feel rejuvenated and could help address health concerns affecting the skin. No promises or guarantees can be made as to your individual outcomes.


Facial rejuvenation acupuncture before and after photos taken in the Qi Medicine clinic:

Here are some untouched photographs of a Qi Medicine client. The left is before treatment and the right is after six sessions. 


cosmetic acupuncture cheeks before


cosmetic acupuncture cheeks after

After six sessions

cosmetic acupuncture neck before

Before facial rejuvenation jawline and jowls

cosmetic acupuncture neck after

After eight sessions


The below before and after photos were taken for the treatment of scarring on the chin from dermabrasion, and puffiness around the cheek area. This client had dermal rolling utilised in her treatments.

Before treatment- acne scarring on chin

After eight sessions


 Sessions may help achieve the following results:

  • May help to balance hormones and treat hormonal acne
  • May help to reduce skin dryness caused by an underlying health condition
  • May help minimise acne scarring and any other scars on the body
  • May help improve the appearance of acne scarring
  • May help stimulate collagen and elastin production with skin needling
  • Addresses other health issues such as stress, fatigue, insomnia and muscle pain
  • Can leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated


How does it work?

cosmetic acupunctureAcupuncture on the face may help to stimulate relaxation in the small muscles and layers of fascia in the face. There are 43 muscles in the face alone and every one of them will benefit from a relaxing treatment to help them unwind (just like any other muscle in the body!).


Treating facial muscles may effect on your deep lines and folds in the skin – such as those found around the mouth and between the eyes- as it is the underlying muscles structure which determines the level of tension or relaxation in your expression. Botulinum Toxin Injections act on paralysing the muscles in the face, cosmetic acupuncture simply works on relaxing them.


Sessions may help clear acne breakouts through balancing hormones with traditional acupuncture (more on hormonal acne here). If you have especially difficult acne and are suffering a large breakout we will combine therapy with the use of traditional Chinese herbal medicine to help clear the problem from the inside out.


If you have ever found that your skin goes up and down with your cycle, or gets worse with stress then sessions may help bring you gently back into a state of balance. Qi Medicine pays special attention to hormone imbalances and women’s health.


About skin needling

shutterstock_229927825 (800x533)What set’s Qi Medicine apart from other cosmetic acupuncturists is the inclusion of skin needling. When combined with skin needling your treatment may also encourage collagen and elastin production in the skin.


Skin needling creates very fine micro tears in the deeper layers of the skin. These small tears initiate a healing response with the immune system, encouraging the laying down of fresh collagen and elastin fibers and the removal of old dead cells through the lymphatic system. As the skin heals it can form stronger bonds between cells. 


Skin needling was developed in the late 20th century so is still a relatively new field, with ongoing research into its usefulness with skin conditions. It is however considered generally safe and minimally invasive.

Skin needling is not too painful (just a slight prickly feeling) and does not bleed.  You will be able to walk out of your session and get on with your day without worrying about having a red face! Unlike other injections which simply paralyse the muscles, skin needling may promote cellular generation.


How many sessions will I need?

Healing does take time- but we promise you will enjoy every session. At Qi Medicine we make each treatment a nourishing experience, addressing any stress, fatigue, and pain you may have accumulated through the week.


Each individual will have different needs so the number of treatments needed will differ. As a general rule with acupuncture, a series of treatments are needed relatively close together (minimum weekly) to gain therapeutic benefit.


Are treatments painful?

Overall, sessions are far less painful than injections, chemical peels and laser resurfacing. The body acupuncture is often felt as a dull ache; however, not an unpleasant sensation. For the needle-phobic, the body acupuncture may be skipped upon request.


Skin needling usually creates a prickling sensation as it is rolled over the face. It is a very quick procedure and all care will be taken to avoid any discomfort during the session. During skin needling only 0.5mm rollers are used, no anesthetic cream is needed and minimal bleeding will occur.


There is no current evidence that suggests skin needling with a long needle (longer than the .5mm used at Qi Medicine) produces better results, so always think carefully about undergoing a ‘medical needling’ session offered by other salons or clinics. These sessions are often performed with a general or local anesthetic, substantial bleeding, lengthy downtime and often carry a much higher price tag as an anesthetist is usually employed.


Why should I choose facial rejuvenation over other cosmetic treatments?

There are several very good reasons why Qi Medicine should be your first choice:

  • Performed by a fully qualified and registered Doctor of Chinese medicine in a clinical setting.
  • Minimal side effects (see side effects and contra-indications below).
  • Utilises the body’s own natural healing properties for rejuvenation.
  • Natural results, no fake expressions or risk of paralysis.
  • May lead to improvements in health and well-being as each treatment is based on Chinese medicine principles to balance the Qi (energy) of the body and mind.
  • Can address underlying issues such as stress, anxiety, sleeping problems, hormonal issues, poor energy and digestive issues.
  • May help relieve tension in the neck, shoulders and address headaches and migraines.


facial rejuvenation

What does each session involve?

A session will involve an initial health assessment, a discussion about which areas you would like to target and what outcomes we can expect. Following this, you will get to relax under warm, fluffy towels in a calming environment.


The initial skin needling lasts for about 10 minutes whereby a single, sterile dermal roller will be used on the face. This will be followed by a gentle facial acupuncture session to further address muscle imbalances.


After the initial acupuncture and skin needling treatment, you will enjoy a jade stone facial treatment using organic anti-aging serum, to further tone and relax the muscles in the face. To round off your session you will receive a soothing neck and head reflexology massage.


Sessions will address energy blockages throughout the system, often leaving you feeling refreshed and revitalised with a heightened sense of well-being, certainly the best part of a treatment!


Each session is cumulative and will build on the last. You may detect small changes after the first treatment and may notice improvements after several treatments.


Cautions of treatment and potential side effects

If you are experiencing any of the following, you are generally not advised to undergo treatment. Contact the clinic if you are unsure about your individual circumstances.


  • Broken skin, scabs, wounds, blisters, cold sores, acne spots (active), rashes
  • Bruised skin
  • Psoriasis on the face
  • Contagious skin problems
  • Skin cancers
  • Pregnant women
  • Haemophiliac or other bleeding disorders
  • If you are on blood thinning medication
  • Straight after microdermabrasion or laser resurfacing
  • Allergy to nickel (alternatives available)

Potential side-effects of facial rejuvenation acupuncture include:

  • Bruising or bleeding at insertion site
  • Temporary redness or swelling of the face
  • Temporary pain at the insertion site

For a full price list visit our pricing page here


Where do I start?

To discuss an individual treatment plan during your free phone consultation, please call or email the clinic directly.  

Phone the clinic on (03) 8394 7665 or email > to book your treatment today.


The clinic is located in The Brain and Body Center, 356-362 Ascot Vale Rd, Moonee Ponds, in the North Western suburbs of Melbourne and close to Highpoint. Qi Medicine is minutes away from Ascot Vale, Maribyrnong, Essendon and just 10 km from Melbourne city.


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